Burke Badenhop reflects on being on both sides of Rays-Red Sox bench clearings

May 30, 2014 - 9:53 pm
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This was not the first time that reliever Burke Badenhop has been a part of a Red Sox-Rays bench clearing skirmishes. It was almost exactly two years to the date when Badenhop, as a member of the Rays, plunked Dustin Pedroia, which subsequently led to Franklin Morales hitting Luke Scott, igniting a tussle between Tampa Bay and Boston and the benches clearing in a scene similar to Friday's bonanza.

While Badenhop was not directly involved in Friday's incidents, the reliever says there was a definite difference being in the Boston dugout rather than the Tampa Bay dugout.

"I know a lot of those guys there and everything, which is kind of weird," Badenhop said. "There is not a lot of love lost between these guys, that's for sure. Dating back to a long, long time ago. Today, Ortiz is our guy, man and you're going to go after our guy, that's definitely not the way that things should go." The "code of baseball" came into play on multiple occasions according to Badenhop. "Guys have been playing for a long time kind of know how to follow that so you know how to walk that tight rope, when to do things and when not to do things," Badenhop said. "Tonight, I don't know if we felt like they were following that code, but we definitely did and it's definitely sweet to come back and win that game." Badenhop, who came into the game after Brandon Workman was ejected after throwing behind Evan Longoria in the sixth inning, took exception with Rays manager Joe Maddon's post-game comments. "It's poor, I just saw Maddon's press conference, that this had nothing to do with Sunday," he said. "This had something to do with last year and things like that. I don'€™t find a lot of honor in something like that, especially that early in the game." Badenhop believes that the Rays may have gotten lucky with the non-ejections for the Rays. "Your bullpen will love that a guy is getting tossed in the first inning," Badenhop said. "He should've been thrown out in the fourth inning or whenever Carp got hit. They got unbelievably lucky and for that to happen, it's frustrating and things like that." After seeing home plate umpire Dan Bellino's proactivity in issuing warnings, Badenhop thought the actions of the umpiring crew affected the way that pitcher's could attack hitters while on the mound. "As an umpire, what do you do?" Badenhop said. "So it's tough but they were going to be super, extra proactive I guess with issuing warnings and things like that because it stinks because that takes away the inside part of the plate, which should be for both teams." While the umpires definitely played a role in the flow of game, Badenhop believes that the role of the umpire should not be diminished. "They do what they do," Badenhop said. "They're part of the game and we're trying to eliminate them as much as possible with all of this replay stuff, but I mean, that's how it is and I thought our managers did a great job sticking up for us, like they should. Torey lost his cool, Skip got tossed real quick and Torey his cool and rightly so and Butter gets ejected when Work got ejected, naturally and then we're down to our fourth guy. It's great, it's fine, give them a little bit of experience calling the shots." When asked if skirmishes were the result of personal feuds or for the name on front of the jersey, Badenhop paused. "I don't really know how to answer that," Badenhop mused. "I would say probably Price hitting David [Ortiz] was probably more personal. It didn't really have as much to do the other week. You would have to ask those guys that, but personally, I have nothing against any of those guys. When you go out there and play and everyone is trying their hardest to win, these things come up."
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